Lynn election leaflets 'waste' gaffe

Their leader pledges to cut government waste - especially leaflets. But voters in King's Lynn were delivered election flyers meant for the doormats of a constituency 200 miles away in Lancashire.

Their leader pledges to cut government waste - especially leaflets.

But voters in King's Lynn were delivered election flyers meant for the doormats of a constituency 200 miles away in Lancashire.

People living in the town's Tennyson Avenue were delivered leaflets extolling the virtues of Lorraine Fullbrook, the Conservatives' candidate for Ribble South, near Preston - instead of long-standing North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

When campaigners realised they had made a mix-up, they delivered leaflets promoting Mr Bellingham.


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In the televised leaders debate on Thursday, David Cameron said: 'The �6 billion means saving �1 in �100 that government spends. That's the glossy leaflet from your council, the seven-per cent pay rise for NHS managers. The risk to the economy is not cutting waste. It's Labour's job tax.'

Nick Downey, who lives in a block of flats on Tennyson Avenue, Lynn, received the two leaflets on Friday morning.

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'They've delivered half a dozen leaflets just to these flats,' he said. 'After watching David Cameron last night going on about the wastage of leaflets, I thought it was quite funny.

'I thought it was quite staggering that they sent out the leaflet. At the end of the day it's a waste. I know it's only a small leaflet, but if they don't check the details now, how do we know they are going to check them if they get into power.

'To be honest, it is highly unlikely that I would vote Conservative, but this would be another nail in the coffin.'

Mr Bellingham explained that a box of leaflets was wrongly labelled and an 'inexperienced' campaigner posted between 50 and 100 leaflets on Tennyson Avenue before realising the error.

He described it as a 'genuine mistake' and said the remaining leaflets had now been sent to the correct constituency.

'I am going to be canvassing there and I will be knocking on every door where it happened,' he added.

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